19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, September 7, 1914: A foolish girl I was today. Took it into my head that I wanted to go to town to buy some things this afternoon. Well I went. Rode in with Pa. While on the way I thought it will be altogether useless, as the store would not be open since it was Labor Day.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Labor Day? . . . Oh, of course, this was the first Monday in September in 1914. This year Labor Day was on the earliest possible date; in 1914 it was the latest possible date.
Stores are open around here on Labor Day. In 1914, it must have been a bigger deal if stores were closed– though it apparently was a bit random whether schools were open. In 1912, Grandma wrote:
Had to go to school, even if it is labor day. We had this day off last year. . .